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ESSAY CONTEST: Ag in the Classroom essay contest submissions must be 100 to 300 words in length and will be judged on content, grammar, spelling and neatness.

Ag in the Classroom announces book of the year, essay contest

Students must submit essays by April 1.

“Fresh-Picked Poetry,” written by Michelle Schaub, has been selected as the 2019 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year.

Each year, the Ag in the Classroom program holds an essay contest in conjunction with the book of the year for fourth- and fifth-grade students. This year’s essay contest topic is “Making it happen at the farmers market.” Accompanying lessons aligned to state standards and educational resources are available online for teachers, students and volunteers to use in promoting and preparing essays.

“Many schools offer farm-to-school and locally grown foods to their students, so this book and essay will be popular,” says Darlene Arneson, Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom coordinator. “The essay contest will give students a wide variety of topics to write about, and teachers may also encourage poetry within the essay.”

Essay submissions must be 100 to 300 words in length and will be judged on content, grammar, spelling and neatness. The essay contest rules, lesson plans and sample classroom activities are located at wisagclassroom.org/whats-new. Essays are due April 1.

Nine district winners will be selected, with one being chosen as the state winner in May by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Promotion and Education Committee. Each district winner will receive a classroom presentation for his or her class. The essay contest is sponsored by We Energies and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation. Last year, more than 2,500 students participated in the contest.

Questions about how to place an order or about the book can be directed to darneson@wfbf.com.

Source: Ag in the Classroom

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